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Enhancing Self-esteem in the Classroom

Third Edition


March 2006 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the first edition:

`The underlying philosophy of this practical book is that raising self-esteem in pupils (including dyslexics) will lead to achievement of higher academic results and fewer behaviour problems. This book is primarily for primary and secondary teachers but would provide much material for discussion among SpLD teachers, given the unexpected and controversial results of Denis Lawrence's research' - Dyslexia Contact

`Many useful suggestions offered in this book about learning activities are likely to help pupils to feel better about themselves, to learn to respect others and to experience how feelings can be expressed safely' - British Journal of Special Education

Raising self-esteem in pupils can lead to the achievement of higher academic results and fewer behavioural problems. Outlining in simple terms what self-esteem is and providing strategies to support it in the classroom, this book includes clear explanations of the terminology and theory behind self-esteem, and lots of practical examples and useful activities for use with children.

The book also covers the main issues surrounding the self-esteem of practitioners. It sets out tried-and-tested strategies that teachers can use to recognise and reduce stress and maintain their self-esteem.

This new edition has been fully updated and now includes new case study material and activities.

 
WHAT IS SELF-ESTEEM?
 
Clarifying the Terminology
 
How Self-Esteem Operates
 
The Self-Esteem Hierarchy
 
The Evidence for Self-Esteem Enhancement
 
THE ROLE OF THE SELF-CONCEPT IN SELF-ESTEEM ENHANCEMENT
 
Misapprehension over the Nature of Self-Esteem
 
Can Children Have Too Much Self-Esteem?
 
The Child with the Undeveloped Self-Image
 
The Child with the Weak Ideal Self
 
SELF-ESTEEM AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
 
Origins of Differences
 
Children's Reactions to Differences
 
Physical Differences
 
Specific Learning Difficulties
 
Hearing Difficulties
 
Visual Difficulties
 
General Learning Difficulty
 
Gender Differences
 
Different Ethnic Groups
 
SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCES ON THE SELF-CONCEPT
 
Parental Influences
 
Changes in Family Structure
 
Peer and Sibling Influences
 
Failure Experiences
 
Media Influences
 
Adolescence
 
Cultural Identity
 
Other Crises
 
ASSESSING SELF-ESTEEM
 
Measuring Self-Esteem
 
Behavioural Checklist
 
The Lawrence Self-Esteem Questionnaire (the Lawseq)
 
Other Methods of Assessment
 
ENHANCING SELF-ESTEEM WHILST TEACHING
 
Desirable Personal Qualities
 
Teacher Self-Esteem
 
Communication
 
Teacher's Preferred Teaching Style
 
Expectancy Effects
 
Everyday Contacts
 
SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES TO ENHANCE SELF-ESTEEM
 
Aims and Rationale
 
Introducing the Activities
 
Trust Activities
 
Recognizing and Describing Emotions
 
Expression of Emotions
 
Positive Feedback
 
Taking Risks
 
WHOLE SCHOOL AND WHOLE-CLASS APPROACHES TO ENHANCING SELF-ESTEEM
 
Whole School Approaches
 
Curriculum Activities
 
Developing Internal Locus of Control
 
Active Tutorial Work
 
Developing Critical Thinking Skills
 
Developing a Self-Image
 
Respect for Individual Differences
 
Bullying
 
Cooperative Behaviour
 
Assertive Behaviour
 
Conflict Resolution
 
Teaching Relaxation
 
Setting Goals
 
INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMME FOR ENHANCING SELF-ESTEEM
 
Rationale
 
Who Should Conduct the Programme?
 
Using Non-Professionals
 
Selecting the Child
 
Seeking Parental Permission
 
The Status of the Programme Provider and the Setting
 
Introducing the Sessions to the Child
 
Principles of the Programme
 
Terminating the Programme
 
A Ten-Week Programme
 
Peer Support and Befriending Programmes
 
CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR
 
The Disruptive Child
 
Defence Mechanisms against Low Self-Esteem
 
Seeking the Positive Features in the Child
 
SELF-ESTEEM AND READING DIFFICULTIES
 
Research Findings
 
Selecting Appropriate Treatment for Reading Programmes
 
The Maintenance of Reading Gains in the Long Term
 
The Effects of Therapeutic Intervention on Dyslexic Students
 
THE TEACHER'S SELF-ESTEEM
 
The Hedonistic Philosophy
 
Changing Emotions by Changing Thinking
 
Self-Acceptance
 
Challengin Parents as a Threat to Self-Esteem
 
Have Fun
 
Maintaining Self-Esteem as a Manager
 
Self-Esteem and Teacher Stress

Praise for the first edition:

`The underlying philosophy of this practical book is that raising self-esteem in pupils (including dyslexics) will lead to achievement of higher academic results and fewer behaviour problems. This book is primarily for primary and secondary teachers but would provide much material for discussion among SpLD teachers, given the unexpected and controversial results of Denis Lawrence's research' - Dyslexia Contact

`Many useful suggestions offered in this book about learning activities are likely to help pupils to feel better about themselves, to learn to respect others and to experience how feelings can be expressed safely' - British Journal of Special Education


Useful fo rstudents studying for the certificate in suporting teaching and learning in schools (QCF) as backgreound reading for the placement assessed elements of the course.

Miss Emma Baxter
School of Care, Ystrad Mynach College
March 21, 2013

This has been a valuable read and I would recommend it to all practitiioners and students working within the primary sector. Self-esteem has a massive impact on chldren's learning and there are some valuable lessons and ideas within this book to support the enhancement of self-esteem within the classroom.

Mrs Andrea Morgans
General Education, Barry College
August 12, 2011

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